AMSOIL Speedway is pleased to announce we have three special Ladies for you to meet in this weeks installment of Meet A Driver. Pure Stock Drivers Shaina Rapp and Annika Hammitt, along with Modified Driver “Nitro” Nikki Wrazidlo!
Shaina started racing when she was 13 and now at the ripe age of 17 continues to race the familiar red 33(R) at both AMSOIL Speedway and Proctor Speedway. Shaina continues to improve her driving each year finishing 12th, 10th, and 9th in the points in respective years. In her young career Shaina has already notched a heat win in her belt and will give the boys the best run for their money every night. One thing Shaina wanted to say to everyone is; “If I had to tell people something, I would tell them that racing isn’t as easy as it looks!”
Annika started racing at age 14, but was helping her older brother Matt in the pits at age 12. Annika earned rookie of the year that first year in Proctor and finished 10th in points. Now at age 17 Annika has a heat win under her belt and earned a 4th place feature finish at AMSOIL Speedway two weeks ago. Annika is lead by her Father Brian who insists she works on her own car in order to race that week. Annika is joined on the track by her Brothers Jon and Matt. Annika is also active outside the oval track playing Hockey, Tennis, Hunting and Fishing.
Nikki began racing 12 years ago after her father had a nasty accident at AMSOIL Speedway that left him unable to race. Nikki’s dad Paul built a go kart for his little girl in the shape of a Late Model with his familiar 69 car decals, and thus a race car driver was born. Nikki raced the local kart races for many years including at a track her father opened just outside Superior. Nikki moved into a winged outlaw sprint kart and also a micro sprint car along side her father. Nikki recalls fondly of those years racing with her dad as she says “The chopping and slide jobs were relentless!” At 16 Nikki moved into the WISSOTA Modified class, which she continues to race today. Nikki now at age 19 has competed in a relatively small number of Modified Races compared to her male colleagues along side her on the track but with the guidance of a strong family led by her father she is sure to be around for a long time to come.
So there you have our AMSOIL Ladies Night Meet A Driver participants. Come out and join Shaina, Annika and Nikki and talk to these special women of racing. As you can see all of these young women have a great Family presence in racing. We hope to see all the young ladies
Josh has been racing for five years in the Pure Stock Class, and jumped into a Late Model for a one time show in Proctor June 8th thanks to Tim Lillo. Josh was among the top 10 favorite drivers at AMSOIL Speedway last year, and was very proud to be mentioned with some of the distinguishing names. Josh is a very consistant runner up front securing a 4th place finish at the Northern Nationals in his first year. Josh also placed 3rd at the Pure Excitement at ABC Raceway in Ashland in his second year. Josh’s third year brought his fist Feature Victory along with the AMSOIL Speedway track Championship. Josh owes his success to his great Sponsors along with help from Tim Lillo and Nate Kiminski.
Josh will be appearing at AMSOIL Speedway June 20th, along with the USAC Sprints. Other drivers anticipated to be up front for the Fans are Dave Darland, Jeff Pellersels, Jarett Andretti, and more. So come on out about 5:00 bring the kids and talk to Josh. This will be a very special evening with multiple cars appearing with Josh.
With 42 years of racing under his belt Harry has been around the local race tracks on a weekly basis. Harry is one of the few drivers who races four nights a week, Thursday in Grand Rapids, Friday at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Saturday in Hibbing, and Sunday in Proctor in his familiar #7 Late Model. With his commitment to racing and all the local tracks as you can imagine Harry has built himself quite a resume including 26Track Championships, with over 250 Feature wins. Always a Fan favorite some of Harry's major accomplishments are being named Sportsmans of the year four times, Driver of the year, Three Labor Day Shootouts, and Minnesota State Champion just to name a few.
As you can imagine Harry is looking forward to having his car on display for you Fans scheduled for June 13th. Harry and Vickie are sure to have some goodies for the kids and enjoy talking to the older fans as well. So come on out to AMSOIL Speedway and talk to Harry, get your pictures taken and root on a legend in Northland Racing.
By Jerry O'Brien
Jody Bellefeuille was the high side hustler, Scott Lawrence returned to
form and Dan Kingsley broke the Estey strangle hold on the Midwest
Modified division Friday night at AMSOIL Speedway. Don Shaw made
another trip from Ham Lake, MN and won again, this time with the Late
Model and Dustin Follett tightened his hold on the Pure Stock class with his
third straight feature win. All of this occurred on a rare 80 degree day in
The crowd was good and the car count continues to edge upward each
week up six with 86 cars in competition.